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Tastes differ internationally in furnished apartment rentals

One size does not fit all when it comes to furnished rentals in . What do different nationalities want in terms of location, amenities, type of apartment and neighborhood? 

What do tenants want from landlords when they move to and rent a furnished flat? If they’re British, don’t forget a kettle for starters. This is just one of the many preferential details to remember when renting to different nationalities, something highlighted by a recent study carried out by Lodgis, a rental agency.

One area where there is common agreement is location: all nationalities prefer the centre of , which is hardly surprising. All nationalities look for the authentic ian Haussmann experience in a neighborhood with easy access to museums, shows, theatres, bars, cafes and restaurants.

The 1st to 8th arrondissements are particularly sought-after by Brazilian and Chinese nationals who often want to be as close to iconic monuments as possible. Russian and Japanese nationals tend to prefer the more sedate and tranquil west of the city (7th, 8th, 15th, 16th and 17th arrondissements).

When it comes to Hausmannian versus new-build, Americans and Brits tend heavily towards the 19th century buildings. Brits especially prefer an apartment on an upper floor, as do the Japanese, with the latter less fussed about the age of the building. Russians prefer new-builds equipped with the latest comforts of interior design and architecture.

For Italians and Americans, the kitchen is the centerpiece of the apartment. A fully fitted and modern setup is a must. For heat-phobic Americans air conditioning is big plus, while Russians enjoy basking in the heat during winter; it certainly makes a change for them. The Japanese prefer baths; Americans prefer showers.

Brazilians value cleanliness of the communal areas so a well managed co-ownership cleaning schedule is important.

Lastly, Brits absolutely must have a kettle, as “there is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” (Said, albeit, by an American.)

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